Posts in Depression
Chronic Pain, Healing Tears, and the Joy Coming

I believe in miracles because I believe in God. Dictionaries define miracles as “surprising and welcome events that are not explicable by natural or scientific laws.” Persons of faith happily attribute these to the goodness and mercy of God. Nevertheless, some of us who believe, do live with chronic medical and psychiatric health issues—often including chronic pain. Such co-occurrence can become overwhelming. I have often been reinvigorated by observing the courage of others who endure trials and testing. I want to emulate those who choose a pathway through that matures character. I am inspired by those who hope on in faith even when the going is tough.  

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4 Beacons of Growth after Trauma

Trauma.  What comes to mind when you hear that word?  Do you instantly think of PTSD?  Post-traumatic stress disorder: the debilitating effect that trauma can have on an individual.  We now freely accept the fact that the impact of trauma is insidious, pervasive, life-changing and enduring.

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4 Things You Need to Know about Redefine Grace

It’s without question that many of us wonder where we fit in to our ever-changing society. We may enter into each day with confusion, doubt and uncertainty and can’t help but search for our place. Regardless of our age, stage of life or financial status, we all grapple with these fundamental questions in one way or another: “Who am I?” “Where is my place?” “How can I possibly make a difference in this world?”

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6 Reasons Why Depression and Anxiety are Not Weak Faith or Sin

“This scripture almost sounds like James is addressing ‘weak faith’ (ask the elders to pray for you) as well as sin as a possible culprit (confess your sins…be healed). So, how does this scripture relate to someone dealing with mental health difficulties or disorders?"

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3 Ways Mental Illness Strengthened My Faith

Our son was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22, but it wasn’t until he turned 34 that he was able to accept the diagnosis and receive treatment. During the twelve years of his struggle with untreated mental illness, God taught me deep truths about how to keep believing in His light where there is only darkness, and trusting in His goodness when there is only pain. Here are just three of the lessons…

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7 Ways to Encourage Resiliency in Kids...at Any Age

As a mom-to-be, my world has become all about how to have a baby, raise a baby, keep a baby healthy, keep a baby ALIVE.  Wanted or not, my brain – and inbox – are being flooded with advice and information.  But as someone who works in the mental health field, I’ve found myself beginning to explore beyond sleep schedules and feeding plans.

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Redefined by Grace

While most of my fellow high school friends visited their soon-to-be college, went on summer vacations, and hung out with their friends, I found myself in desperate need of seeking help and surrendering control. I had spent the past six months of my senior year in emotional turmoil after a recent breakup and not measuring up to the standards I set for myself.

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4 Truths to Make the Broken Beautiful

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of restoring broken pottery or china. Rather than discarding the fragmented pieces of pottery, the artist reassembles them using a precious metal- such as liquid gold- to highlight the repairs. There is no attempt to make it look new or hide the “scars” of its brokenness. The technique adds value to the original object as the master artists creates something more beautiful than when it was new. Each Kintsugi becomes a unique work of art!

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